ZIL plant was successfully restarted by new owners in Mexico
In the Mexican state of Morelos successfully launched transported and rebuilt the plant ZIL, previously occupied a large area in Moscow.
The company-owner of the enterprise, the friendly company Zil Nouvo in a press release reported that in two years he managed to mount approximately 60% of the equipment purchased during the liquidation of the plant. At first, the Mexican company will produce trucks and tractors based on the classic families of ZIL-130 and ZIL-4331. The capacity of the plant will be approximately 30-35% of the original, but in Mexico we are sure that this will be enough.
“I think Russia is a very rich country,” says the head of the Board of Directors of Zil Nouvo Morris Garcia Cruz. — “They sold us for very little money almost everything necessary to arrange a full production cycle. When we learned in 2004 that they were ready to sell the plant, we did not believe — it was fully working, there was a reliable Soviet equipment that can work for another half a century and they told us the price, which we did not believe at first. We sent our representatives and the Russians confirmed that this is the real price. We were surprisingly lucky.”
On 23 June, the first trucks left the new industrial zone near Puente de Istla. The model was named Zil Nouvo 130A and in many ways it is based on the legendary Soviet truck ZIL-130. In a press-service of the enterprise assure that at first it will be enough as the outdated model differs in surprising unpretentiousness and cheapness.
“We are ordinary people, we are sure that it will be a good start. ZIL-130 proved itself in our country when I was a few years old — I remember how our enterprises bought them by detours in Eastern Europe, and then we grew up with these trucks together. They proved to be reliable and very hardy. I think nowhere else in the world did not do so successful machines, as in the Soviet Union. Therefore, we do not chase the external gloss, but first of all we want to make machines for people, for real people’s exploitation. We do not need questionable plastic structures that break down after a few years and therefore bring income only to the manufacturer, not the owner,” added Cruz.